That’s what it felt like this morning feeding the horses, gently humming “my tiny legs are knackered” to the tune of Puccini’s “Che gelida manina.” That Mrs A takes a bit of keeping up with on the celebrating front and yet again I trailed in a weary last but she had good cause after Kit rode his first winner against the professionals on Makhzoon for the mysteriously named The Ladies Who (drink in Tiger Lilly?) and then Papamoa followed up by winning his first chase in fine style to give us our second double only 24 hours after our first, trainer over the moon of course, just delighted for the horses, owners and team of staff whose efforts are being so visibly rewarded.
Anyway, no time to wallow, back to earth at Kelso today no doubt where the ground will be good to soft and we run Buffalo Ballet in the 12.25 (yes, 12.25!) Lucy rides, loads run and this is a competitive novice hurdle that will take a very good horse to win it, I hold this horse in the highest regard despite his occasional mulishness at home but first time over hurdles main priority will be a clear round. Then in the 1.30 we run Milano Magic, again Lucy rides, 10 run, he should have come on considerably from his first run here 3 weeks ago but this is a big step up in class and is competitive, it will be interesting. Then in the 3.15 we run Balwyllo with Craig Gallagher on board, 9 run, he may appreciate the drop back in trip on better ground but he has plenty to find. Lucy also rides Knockara Beau in the 2.05, De Boitron in the 2.40, another for Joe in the 3.15 and Pete in the 3.45.